Be a part of the solution to lake pollution!

Published March 29, 2016
Volunteers of all ages assist to remove unwanted litter that will keep Raystown Lake looking beautiful.

Volunteers of all ages assist to remove unwanted litter that will keep Raystown Lake looking beautiful.

RAYSTOWN LAKE, Pennsylvania  — The Friends of Raystown Lake and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are calling on volunteers to participate in a shoreline cleanup at Raystown Lake during the annual Lake Cleanup Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tatman Run Recreation Area (rain or shine). 

Each year, volunteers from across the region play a critical role in the health and beauty of our important water resource by helping to remove tons of recyclables, trash, tires, appliances and more from the shoreline of Raystown Lake.

"LakeCleanup Day is a simple and effective opportunity for families, civic groups, scouts, students and individuals to volunteer and show support for their community and Raystown Lake,” said Jude Harrington, USACE Raystown Lake Supervisory Park Ranger. 

Volunteers will be provided gloves, bags and will be treated to a picnic lunch. In an effort to reduce the use of plastic at the cleanup site, volunteers are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag, and a reusable water bottle. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, a hat, and sunscreen and should be prepared to work outside. 

USACE is especially in need of volunteer boats and operators to transport volunteers and bags of trash that will be collected. All interested volunteers should contact Park Ranger Alicia Palmer at (814) 658-6812, or by e-mail at to register and receive additional information. 

Raystown Lake is the largest lake located entirely in Pennsylvania and offers 8,300 surface acres of clear water surrounded by 21,000 acres of forested mountain slopes.  Raystown is a multi-purpose lake constructed and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood risk management, recreation and natural resource opportunities, and hydropower. For more information on Raystown Lake, visit the natural resources program link at call 814-658-3405.  



Alicia Palmer, park ranger
Raystown Lake Project

Release no. 16-011